Tito Ortiz running for Huntington Beach City Council

Tito Ortiz running for Huntington Beach City Council

In Huntington Beach, California, several of the incumbent city council members have decided not to run for reelection and one council member is terming out.

With three slots open to fill, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz has tossed his name into the hat.

The famed “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” is one of at least 15 people aiming to be elected to office.

“I owe the people of Huntington Beach,” Ortiz said on a website set up for his campaign. “This beautiful coastal town in the heart of Orange County, California has made me the person I am today. I am the product of the tight-knit community of Huntington Beach and the wonderful people who call it home.

“I am running for City Council to give back to, what the Orange County Register calls, “the best city to live in Orange County.”

Ortiz, 45, was born in Huntington Beach as Jacob Christopher Ortiz but goes by the name “Tito.” He is running for office as a Republican and has been active in his community including volunteering as aWrestling Coach at Marina High School Huntington Beach from 1995-1997.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion’s campaign slogan is “Make Huntington Beach Safe Again,” a play on President Trump’s MAGA slogan.

His last professional mixed martial arts bout concluded in a first round submission win over Alberto Rodriguez at Combate Americas 51 in December 2019. With the victory, Ortiz’s record improved to 21-12-1.

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